PULLMAN — The Washington State Cougars may have saved their football season Saturday night, coming back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit to beat Utah on the road. The win makes a bowl game path much clearer.
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SEATTLE — The evaluation of the Huskies after their first defeat of the season, Washington coach Chris Petersen said, starts with him and his staff.
Cyler Miles has been learning on the run in his first month as Washington’s full-time starting quarterback. UW coaches would prefer he slowed down and took some baby steps.
PULLMAN — For the dwindling number of Washington State football players old enough to remember the last trip, Saturday’s return to Rice-Eccles Stadium is a reminder of likely the lowest point in their careers.
PULLMAN — Washington State threw every conceivable punch it had here Saturday night, but second-ranked Oregon took every one of them, surviving its stiffest challenge of the early football season for a 38-31 victory in front of a sold-out Martin Stadium.
Kasen Williams has an idea on how to improve the Huskies’ inconsistent offense: Throw the ball.
SEATTLE — The Washington Huskies avoided the colossal upset. Chris Petersen still was plenty upset.
SEATTLE — Even with their anticipated Pac-12 Conference opener only a week away, and even with a 34 1/2-point spread in their favor this week, the Huskies have said all the right things leading up to today’s final nonconference game against Georgia State.
PULLMAN — It’s a bit incongruous, because Washington State is a 1-2 football team looking to find itself against unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Oregon. But Ducks receivers need to be forewarned about the soundtrack that awaits them Saturday night.
SEATTLE — Illinois football fans have been waiting for a quarterback to resurrect the Fighting Illini since Jeff George left and was taken No. 1 in the NFL draft in 1990.
SEATTLE — Two games is a small sample size. Even so, the numbers suggest a big problem for the Washington defense.
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With a Hawaiian lei draped around his neck as he stood on the Aloha Stadium field, John Timu’s evaluation of the Washington Huskies’ 17-16 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night was understandably tempered.
HONOLULU — Dressed in their new, shiny, all-white uniforms and guided by their new, much-lauded coaching staff, the University of Washington football team took the Aloha Stadium field here on a sunny Saturday against a Hawaii team that finished 1-11 in 2013 and … watched the Rainbow Warriors score a touchdown on their first possession.
SPOKANE — What’s not to like about a 32-point win?